On Wednesday, Don Zimmerman, a former Austin City Council member and current candidate for Texas House District 47, filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin over its budget amendment that provides $150,000 to assist women seeking abortions with logistical costs such as transportation.
The funds are intended by proponents of the bill to go to pro-choice organizations such as Fund Texas Choice and The Bridge Collective, which help women get abortions.
The lawsuit was filed the day after the city council approved the new budget and abortion amendment.
Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature passed SB 22 to ban government entities from funding abortion providers or their affiliates (e.g. Planned Parenthood).
State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), who authored the bill, said in a statement after the amendment had been proposed that it “defiantly violates the spirit of Senate Bill 22, if not an outright violation against the law.”
“Proponents of abortion gave Texas ‘the middle finger’ in flagrantly violating SB 22,” Zimmerman said in an email to The Texan. “I’ve suggested they use their remaining index finger to thumb through this iron-clad 8-page legal challenge to their $150k taxpayer subsidies to abortion.”
One of the outspoken proponents of the bill, Councilman Greg Casar, reportedly said, “The lawsuit reads like Zimmerman just stepped out of a misogynist time machine, and he doesn’t realize that things like abortion, interracial marriage, and birth control are suddenly all legal now.”
You can read the lawsuit in its entirety below.
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.